Patents by Inventor Alan Dry

Alan Dry has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10912916
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media are disclosed for automatic display modifications to avoid motion sickness. Example methods may include determining a first acceleration value of a device in a first direction, determining a first acceleration vector using the first acceleration value, and determining a baseline location of a focal point of a display of the device. Some embodiments may include determining a first adjusted location of the focal point of the display based at least in part on the first acceleration vector, and causing presentation of a graphical indicator of the first adjusted location of the focal point at the display, where the graphical indication is positioned at a second direction relative to the baseline location, and the second direction is opposite the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alan Dry, Jimmy Moua, Johnathan Andrew Line, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Kevin Preuss
  • Publication number: 20200061332
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media are disclosed for automatic display modifications to avoid motion sickness. Example methods may include determining a first acceleration value of a device in a first direction, determining a first acceleration vector using the first acceleration value, and determining a baseline location of a focal point of a display of the device. Some embodiments may include determining a first adjusted location of the focal point of the display based at least in part on the first acceleration vector, and causing presentation of a graphical indicator of the first adjusted location of the focal point at the display, where the graphical indication is positioned at a second direction relative to the baseline location, and the second direction is opposite the first direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Publication date: February 27, 2020
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Alan Dry, Jimmy Moua, Johnathan Andrew Line, Marcos Silva Kondrad, Kevin Preuss
  • Patent number: 10399529
    Abstract: A vehicle seat assembly includes a seat, two arms coupled to the seat, and an airbag coupled to each arm. Each arm is movable from a stowed position beside the seat to an extended position abutting the other arm. The airbags are inflatable toward the seat when the arms are in the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Spahn, Alan Dry, Johnathan Line, Daniel Ferretti, Benjamin Yilma
  • Publication number: 20190092264
    Abstract: A vehicle seat assembly includes a seat, two arms coupled to the seat, and an airbag coupled to each arm. Each arm is movable from a stowed position beside the seat to an extended position abutting the other arm. The airbags are inflatable toward the seat when the arms are in the extended position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Applicant: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Spahn, Alan Dry, Johnathan Line, Daniel Ferretti, Benjamin Yilma
  • Publication number: 20060163933
    Abstract: An adjustable armrest system (14) for a vehicle (12) includes an armrest housing (18) that is mounted within the vehicle (12). The armrest housing has an armrest surface (24). A piston element (32) is coupled to the armrest surface (24). A piston-actuating device (36) is coupled to the piston element (32). A controller is coupled to the piston-actuating device (36) and adjusts the position of the armrest surface (24).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2004
    Publication date: July 27, 2006
    Applicant: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bogdan Radu, Alan Dry
  • Publication number: 20060152037
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an automotive door armrest is provided and comprises molding an armrest support surface into a lower door panel. A frame assembly is formed to comprise at least one through socket having an open upper socket face and an open lower. The frame assembly is overmolded such that an overmold surface is formed over the open upper socket face. A foam bun is inserted into the lower socket face. The frame assembly is mounted onto the armrest support surface such that the foam bun becomes secured within the at least one through socket. The frame assembly is affixed to the lower door panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2005
    Publication date: July 13, 2006
    Applicant: LEAR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Alan Dry, Kerry Houser, Steve Citko, Donald Ketelhut, Mark Loehr
  • Publication number: 20060154027
    Abstract: A door trim panel for a door frame of a motor vehicle. The door trim panel includes a substrate having a bolster and is made from a first polymer material. A cover is integrally molded with at least a portion of the bolster and is made from a second polymer material. The cover includes a plurality of spaced-apart apertures that extend into the cover to provide a soft, deep-feel cover. The bolster may be made in a two-shot molding process with the substrate being formed in the first shot of the molding process. The deep-feel cover having the plurality of spaced-apart apertures formed therein may be formed in the second shot of the molding process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2005
    Publication date: July 13, 2006
    Inventor: Alan Dry
  • Publication number: 20060108816
    Abstract: A console for a vehicle includes a body defining a compartment and an opening therein. The console further includes a lid configured to cover the opening. The lid includes an armrest portion. A separate armrest extension is movably mounted relative to the body and the lid, wherein the armrest extension is movable between a storage position and a deployed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2004
    Publication date: May 25, 2006
    Inventors: Bogdan Radu, Alan Dry
  • Publication number: 20060109575
    Abstract: A mirror flag assembly for a mirror mounted on a vehicle includes a mirror adapted to be mounted on the outside of a vehicle. The mirror has at least one electrical component mounted thereon. A mirror flag housing is adapted to be mounted within the interior of the vehicle. A control for the at least one electrical component is mounted to the mirror flag, the control being electrically connected to the at least one component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2004
    Publication date: May 25, 2006
    Inventors: Bogdan Radu, Alan Dry, David Hein
  • Patent number: 7044533
    Abstract: This wrapped bolster seal comprises at least two door panels, where one is a wet side door panel and another is a dry side door panel disposed opposite the wet side door panel; at least one rib extending from the side of the wet side door panel disposed proximate the dry side door panel; and at least one edge layer wrapped about a top edge of the wet side door panel and extending at least partially along the side of the wet side door panel disposed proximate the dry side door panel. When the wet side door panel and dry side door panel are joined, the rib creates a seal disposed between the wet side door panel and the dry side door panel adapted to reduce moisture from contacting the edge wrapped layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Alan Dry, Salvatore DeAngelo, Dave Dooley
  • Publication number: 20060071497
    Abstract: A console for a vehicle is disclosed. The console includes a body defining an opening and also includes a lid that is configured to cover the opening and a panel that is movably mounted relative to the body. The panel is movable between a retracted position within the opening and an extended position away from the opening. The panel also has at least one receptacle formed therein. The receptacle is configured to receive an object therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2004
    Publication date: April 6, 2006
    Inventors: Bogdan Radu, Alan Dry
  • Publication number: 20060066119
    Abstract: An automotive ashtray comprises a compartment body defining a cavity and having an opening for accessing the cavity. The compartment body includes a first connecting member integrally formed therein. The ashtray further includes a cover having a second connecting member integrally formed therein, the first connecting member cooperating with the second connecting member to moveably couple the cover to the compartment body. An electroluminescent lamp is molded to the compartment body to illuminate the cavity. A two-shot molding process may be used to form the ashtray, with the compartment body and the first connecting member being formed in the first shot. The electroluminescent lamp is molded to the compartment body in the first shot. The cover and the second connecting member are then formed in the second shot so that the cover is pivotally coupled to the compartment body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2004
    Publication date: March 30, 2006
    Inventors: Bogdan Radu, Alan Dry
  • Publication number: 20060067083
    Abstract: An automotive interior trim assembly having a map pocket with an electroluminescent lamp. The trim assembly comprises a trim panel and a housing that forms at least a portion of the map pocket. The housing is coupled to the trim panel to define a cavity having an opening for accessing the cavity. An electroluminescent lamp is integrally molded to the housing to illuminate the cavity. An injection molding process may be used to form the housing with the electroluminescent lamp as an insert in the mold cavity. The housing is then coupled to the trim panel to form a map pocket in the trim assembly. The housing may be configured as a map pocket closeout or a map pocket insert.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2004
    Publication date: March 30, 2006
    Inventors: Radu Bogdan, Alan Dry
  • Publication number: 20060066118
    Abstract: An assembly for supporting an article in a vehicle includes a vehicle component. A support housing is pivotably connected to the component for movement between an adjacent position and an extended position. The assembly further includes a support member for laterally supporting an article. The support member is moveable relative to the support housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2004
    Publication date: March 30, 2006
    Inventors: Bogdan Radu, Alan Dry
  • Publication number: 20060060415
    Abstract: A door trim speaker grille with an electroluminescent lamp for use with an audio speaker of a vehicle. The electroluminescent lamp is positioned for emitting visible light through sound passages in the speaker grille. In certain embodiments of the invention, the electroluminescent lamp may be integrally molded with the speaker grille. One method of forming the door trim speaker grille is by an injection molding process that places the electroluminescent lamp as an insert in the mold cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2004
    Publication date: March 23, 2006
    Inventors: Bogdan Radu, Alan Dry, David Dooley
  • Publication number: 20060062006
    Abstract: An automotive storage compartment comprises a compartment body defining a cavity and having an opening for accessing the cavity. The compartment body includes a first connecting member integrally formed therein. The storage compartment further includes a cover having a second connecting member integrally formed therein, the first connecting member cooperating with the second connecting member to moveably couple the cover to the compartment body. An electroluminescent lamp is molded to the compartment body to illuminate the cavity. A two-shot molding process may be used to form the storage compartment, with the compartment body and the first connecting member being formed in the first shot. The electroluminescent lamp is molded to the compartment body in the first shot. The cover and the second connecting member are then formed in the second shot so that the cover is pivotally coupled to the compartment body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2004
    Publication date: March 23, 2006
    Inventors: Bodgan Radu, Alan Dry
  • Patent number: 6997505
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a modular door trim panel assembly having an integrated seal for use in an automotive interior including a molded substrate having a first side defining an A-side surface visible from the interior of vehicle and a second side opposite the first side defining a B-side surface. The substrate includes a pair of side terminal edges and a lower terminal edge extending therebetween. The modular door trim panel assembly further includes at least one seal co-molded while the substrate is formed and bonded to the B-side of the substrate. The seal extends substantially parallel to the pair of side terminal edges and the lower terminal edge of the substrate and prevents the entry of moisture between the B-side of the substrate and the vehicle door. The present invention also relates to a method of molding the modular door trim panel assembly having an integrated seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Alan Dry, Sal Deangelo
  • Publication number: 20060012205
    Abstract: An automotive storage compartment comprises a compartment body defining a cavity and having an opening for accessing the cavity. The compartment body includes at least one connecting member integrally formed therein. The storage compartment further includes a cover having at least one connecting member integrally formed therein, the cover connecting member cooperating with the compartment body connecting member to moveably couple the cover to the compartment body. A two-shot molding process may be used to form the storage compartment, with the compartment body and body connecting member being formed in the first shot and the cover and cover connecting member being formed in the second shot so that the cover is pivotally coupled to the compartment body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2004
    Publication date: January 19, 2006
    Inventors: Bogdan Radu, Mark Heinze, Alan Dry, Richard George
  • Publication number: 20060000149
    Abstract: A vehicle door assembly for a motor vehicle including a door frame, a trim panel secured removably to the door frame, and a carrier plate positioned between the door frame and the door trim panel. The vehicle door assembly further includes a door component fastened to both the door frame and to the carrier plate. Preferably, the door frame structurally carries at least 50 percent of the weight of the door component. An assembly including the carrier plate, the door component, and the door trim panel may be delivered as a unit to an assembly line of the motor vehicle for mounting to the door frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2004
    Publication date: January 5, 2006
    Inventors: Bogdan Radu, Alan Dry
  • Publication number: 20050274452
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a vehicle trim panel having a storage compartment includes providing a first mold assembly comprising a first mold section and a second mold section, wherein the first mold assembly defines a first cavity. A second mold assembly is provided and comprises a third mold section and a fourth mold section. The second mold assembly defines a second cavity. A first material is introduced into the first cavity, thereby producing a substrate. A second material is introduced into the second cavity, such that the second material defines a cover member. The substrate and the cover member define a vehicle trim panel, such that the cover member defines an expandable portion of the storage compartment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2004
    Publication date: December 15, 2005
    Inventors: Michael Schoemann, Alan Dry, Dennis Bunker